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ERIC Number: EJ1027532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Young Children Give Priority to Ownership When Judging Who Should Use an Object
Neary, Karen R.; Friedman, Ori
Child Development, v85 n1 p326-337 Jan-Feb 2014
This study provides evidence that children give priority to ownership when judging who should use an object. Children (N = 269) and adults (N = 154) considered disputes over objects. In disputes between a character using an object and the owner of the object, children, as young as 3 years and as old as 7 years, sided with the owner, and did so more than adults. However, children aged 4 and older disregarded owners' rights in dilemmas where these were pitted against the need to prevent harm. These findings suggest that ownership is central in children's judgments about object use and constrain developmental accounts of how children acquire an appreciation of ownership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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